Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is set to marry politician George Kittredge. When her irresponsible ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) arrives with 'Spy' magazine reporter Macauley Connor (an Oscar winning James Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) in tow, she decides to give them a story they will remember. Remade as the musical 'High Society' in 1956 starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly.
Recreating the role she originated in Philip Barry's wickedly witty Broadway play, Katharine Hepburn stars as the spoiled and snobby socialite Tracy Lord in this sparkling 1940 screen adaptation of The Philadelphia Story
, one of the great romantic comedies from the golden age of MGM studios. Applying her impossibly high ideals to everyone but herself, Tracy is about to marry a stuffy executive when her congenial ex-husband (Cary Grant), arrives to protect his former father-in-law from a potentially scandalous tabloid exposé. In an Oscar-winning role, James Stewart is the scandal reporter who falls for Tracy as her wedding day arrives, throwing her into a dizzying state of premarital jitters. Who will join Tracy at the altar? Snappy dialogue flows like sparkling wine under the sophisticated direction of George Cukor in this film that turned the tide of Hepburn's career from "box-office poison" to glamorous Hollywood star. --Jeff Shannon